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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Addington School No. 443 (RM of Brenda)

The Addington School District was formally established in March 1886 and, later that year, a one-room frame building was erected on the northeast quarter of 36-1-25 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Brenda. It was replaced in 1919 by a brick structure with hardwood floors, full basement, indoor toilets, and a bell tower. This building was destroyed by fire in November 1944 but, within a week, a 16 by 24 foot frame school was put by men of the district, serving until 1949 when a new frame and stucco building replaced it. With declining enrollment in the late 1950s, the school closed in 1959 and its remaining students went to Lennox School No. 317 at Goodlands or Waskada School No. 492. The building was sold and moved away. A cairn on the former school site commemorates it.

The teachers of Addington School included Bessie Thomas, Cora Johnson, Jennie Hunter, Mona Morrow, Mamie Murray, Jessie McIntyre, Ada Fletcher, Lily Kempthorne, M. A. E. Langford, J. S. Peach, Vera McKenzie, Miss McKee, Miss McMillan, Miss Burton, Janet Davidson, Ken James, Ruth Hogarth, Ruth Howden, Doreen Blaker, Louise McDermot, Louise McDermot, Dorothy McMillan, Alice Buick, Jean Burnett, Katherine Jessiman, Bernice Robinson, June Hill, Geraldine Clow, Ethel Tweed, Donna Hill, Kathleen Nicol, Margaret Burnett, Bernice Robinson, Ruth Armson, Noreen Ford, Ann George, Arnold Suski, and Mrs. Williena Stewart.

Addington School

The second Addington School, used from 1919 to 1944 (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 58.

Addington School

Commemorative monument at the former site of Addington School (September 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.08785, W100.69002
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Bridging Brenda: The History of Brenda Municipality and Area, Volume 1 by Brenda History Committee, 1990, pages 94-96.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 May 2015

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